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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,936 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 192
Gots: 190 | FT: 4
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of shippos
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured black with a thick dense cscading dark chocolate head.
creamy grassy aroma with a dry roasted grain character.
nice mildly rich mouthfeel witha a smooth silky texture, nice roasted taste witha a good balanced finish. definete hop presence balanced with both characters coming out in there own way.
excellent

shippos, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of frazbri
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruby accented black body with thick creamy cocoa head and extensive lacing. Fruit and coffee, hot cocoa aroma. Flavors of a chocolate covered espresso bean and plum. Sweet start, bitter finish. Rich and silky mouthfeel and modest carbonation.

This is a stout worth seeking out. From the milkshake like head through the bottom of the pint, every sip was a treat. It was as luxurious as a fine chocolate mousse. I split this bottle with my brother, but wish I'd drank it all myself.

frazbri, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed a couple days later (June, 2005). Pours a lushious off-brown two-finger head over a stark black liquid. Smells of c-hops, chocolate, roast, and alcohol. My first taste was of smoked malt and chocolate. In later tastes, the smoke disappeared and the chocolate resolved into that of chocolate easter bunny ears. I never thought I'd say that about a beer, but the flavor really is a gentle melt in your mouth. A hop bitter is present early and persists through the swallow, becoming a bit stronger in the immediate aftertaste. The bitter is accompanied by a citrusy hop flavor that is noticable, not overbearing, and in balance with the other flavors. It has a lactose creaminess that works well with what I perceive as medium body. The mild carbonation leaves only a gentle acrid that's actually below the hop bitter and gentle roast flavors. Not so roasty as to be coffee-like, but detectable with searching. Cherry sour, which is a feature found in many stouts, is either non-existant or hidden beneath the hop bitter in the end. Near the end of the glass and the beer is leaving a dry hop-bitter and cocoa powder on my tongue. Not entirely pleasing, from a drinkablility stand-point. There's still a thin layer of head on the beerand nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Absolutely ebony black in colour letting no light through. Head foams up greatly at the pour, then settles down to a nice 1/4 inch thick medium brown with some big rocky bubbles.

The smell is complex and layered. Roasted malt dominates with tones of bitter chocolate, dried fruit and even subtle hops.

Time for a taste and... whoa... WHOA! Hold on to your horses cause my tastebuds are in for an all out barrage. A whole wave of flavours crashes upon the tongue almost overloading the taste senses. Roasted malts dominate with a slightly burnt, yet slightly sweet undertone. There is more here in the flavour than I could possibly hope to keep up with let alone put to words. Hops rise to the surface to keep things balanced out. Man is this smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is bitter, yet not overly so, and long lasting.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with subtle carbonation.

This is truly an amazing stout. The smooth, luscious taste gives evidence to an oatmeal character. Simply the best stout I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I believe no beer is perfect, so if I have to pick any weakness, the bitter finish lowers the drinkability slightly, but only marginally so.

Bless you Rogue Ales for creating this fantastic brew!

Noxious26, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of maek228
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted out of a 22 oz. bomber.

My overall impression of this stout can be summed up in two words "Damn Good". It was balanced and easy to drink. I expected this to be an in-your-face-stout but it was smooth, creamy, and easy going. The stout had the normal stout characteristics, black as night, coffee, chocolate, and burnt malt flavors...but what seperates this one from the pack is a hint of milk chocolate flavor. I liken this stout to Magic Hat's Heart of Darkness...quite similar

Shakespeare stout is hard to dislike, I'm quite glad to have had the experience of drinking it.

maek228, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Obsidian black pour with a tan, sticky head that collapses and forms little islands of carbonation. No edging on this glass. It is pure black througout.

Smell: licorice, cocoa, espresso, and a touch of ethanol roll out of the glass.

Taste: Dry chocolate, licorice, dark bread and oatmeal notes, and some vanilla extract. There is some pleasant bittering hops that appear as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and slightly chewy. A longer bitter finish.

Drinkability: With the lower ABV and the great taste make for a dangerous combination. It's good stuff. Highly recommended.

mattcrill, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark opaque color with a dark chocolatey head. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The taste is also of roasted malts and chocolate. It tastes like tootsie rolls and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty decent. medium carbonation. Its a very drinkable beer overall. I would definately recommend it.

Brian700, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/10/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber, undated, poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a medium sized dirty chocolate head. Lacing was nice.

Smell- Mostly a light roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste- Very nice burnt chocolate taste as well as the standard coffee and roasted malt flavor. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- A bit more more carbonated than expected, but still an easy sipper.

Drinkability- Rogue impresses once again. One of the best american stouts I have had to date. This one will be purchased again in the future.

GClarkage, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of chrisms86
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as black as can be with a lacy tan head. The foam sticks around longer than many beers but eventually dissolves into a very fine layer.

Tastes strongly of roasted chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee in the background. The bitterness kills off any sweet tastes and makes this stout compliment food well, unlike many of its counterparts. Mouthfeel is thick with an enjoyable aftertaste.

This one could be the best of my favorite style. Highly recommended, although due to price concerns I'll likely stick with Obsidian for now.

chrisms86, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of danielharper
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN. 22oz bottle.

This brew deserves an extremely good reputation among beer geeks, especially hardcore BAs. I found it to be much-deserved.

Appearance was really very nice, with a thick brown head atop a pure black body. Absolutely no light shone through the brew. I wasn't expecting such a dark head -- I expect a head that color more from chocolate or sweet stouts than from American Stouts, but I certainly don't mind a dark head on a good beer.

Smell was very nice, smoky and oaty with a strong coffee smell. No real sweetness at all, and the aroma was powerful enough that I didn't even really notice a major hop presence -- a first for a Rogue brew.

The hops were very apparent in the taste, however. Very dry flavor, very strong hop profile, probably to-style but much more powerful than I was expecting. The dryness caught me off-guard a bit, but I found myself quickly getting used to the flavor and coming to greatly enjoy the beer. Unlike some other stouts I've had, the aftertaste, despite being drying to my throat, was actually quite pleasant -- like a really strong coffee.

Mouthfeel was nice here -- the first time I think I would use the word "chewy" to describe a beer. I started out taking large swigs from this beer, but as I finished it I was taking smaller sips so as to really savor the flavor and wash the brew around my mouth. Carbonation was present, but not overwhelming -- overall I found the mouthfeel nicely balanced.

I enjoyed this brew, and finished the 22oz bottle with no problems, but I think that one is enough of this brew for me. Not only the weight of the beer, but the aforementioned drying effect on my palate caused me to slow down as I finished the brew, and in general made me give the beer a slightly lower mark than I expected for drinkability. Nice to end a drinking session (and I do think the 22oz bottle is the perfect serving size for this beer), but not something I want every day.

Overall, this is the beer that Guinness Extra Stout only wishes it could be. A very nice and complex example of an American Stout, and one that I wish I could buy locally. I've got one more in the closet, and I'll be hoarding it for a special occasion for awhile, I think. The next time I see this one on-tap, I'm ordering one just to see how the CO2 effects the brew.

danielharper, May 31, 2005
Photo of drugsbunny
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pour from a bomber produces a thick and frothy head, beautiful brown and chocolaty. A rich looking dark beer, with a dense mouthfeel, but not heavy. Nothing like those watery nitro-infused stouts. An aroma of burnt malt comes to you, then a full taste, with slight roasted notes and chocolate aftertaste. A pleasure to drink. A great stout and my favorite offering from Rogue. Try it.

drugsbunny, May 26, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Fatheads in Pittsburgh.
A: Served in a nice fat mug. Dark dark brown with a steamer of a head. Head was almost two inches, thick and sticky and brown in color. Nice lacing. Head was down to a collar about halfway through this beer.

S: Dark roasty malts. Nice level of a caramel/coffee aroma. Low level of hop aromas. Smells were just a bit too faint to score higher, but still very nice.

T: Sweet malty profile, notes of caramel. Mildly bitter coffee flavors throughout. Couldn't really taste any burnt flavors. Hops seem there just to balance out the sweetness and do it marvelously. Aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness. Really good tastes.

M: Smooth and creamy and served at perfect temperature. Low feel of carbonation. Full and chewy body. Low alcoholic warmth.

D&N: Dangerously drinkable. I'm totally in love with cask conditioned dark beers now. If you see this one on cask, drop everything and go have a pint, you won't regret it.

JackTheRipper, May 25, 2005
Photo of karst
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OLIVIA What's a drunken man like, fool?
CLOWN Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman: one draught above heat makes him a fool, the second mads him, and a third drowns him. "Twelfth Night" (1.5.127-30)

Ale (similar to but heavier than beer) was the drink of choice in Shakespeare's day. Everyone from the poorest farmer to the Queen herself drank the brew made from malt, and a mini brewery was an essential part of every household. Shakespeare's own father was an official ale taster in Stratford.

Rogue's Stout would have drowned the Bard's father with wonderful taste wrapped in a cloak of darkness topped with a rich chocolate brown head. Aroma does not do justice to a taste toasted bitterness, thick malt, and perfect mouthfeel! Each sip ends in wonderment about the balance. It nearly defies description and certainly will take you away into a general joy that will likely be shared by all at the table that share its pleasures.

“(I) Drink to the general joy of the whole table” Macbeth: Macbeth, III, iv

karst, May 17, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer, the Darth Vader of stouts if you will. Right off the bat you can tell some serious time was put into this beer. Off color head that hung around for a while, is not lacing the far side of the pint glass.

Heavy chicory and smoke aromas. Taste comes through as a bit harsh and is dominated by the smokiness of the beer. Aftertaste is a little too bitter for my liking in this style.

If you look at this beer as comfort food you'll find that too much of anything albeit tasty might not be exactly what you needed.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 14, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet, every beer seems to taste good out of it.

Appearance: dark, nearly pitch black. Nice full caramel head with good retention.

Smell: Roasted barley, espresso, a little bit of cherries, chocolate, slight smoke aroma. I think this may be the most wonderful smelling stout I've had. Complex and bold, yet balanced.

Taste: I could swear there's a whole bar of rich dark chocolate in this goblet. At the same time, it isn't too sweet, nice cascade hop kick at the end. So smooth and creamy, perfect light carbonation. This is a masterpiece. Roasted malt lasts and lasts in the mouth.

Drinkability: Can't give it a 5, but I sure wish I had another bomber of this.

JackStraw22, May 13, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, basically black, with just a hint of dark brown highlights. This was topped by a dense, dark brown head that showed excellent retention. The aroma was quite malty, with some lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just slightly burnt. Sweetness and fresh floral hops serve as a decent counterpoint. The flavour is really big, but balanced nicely between bitterness and rich malts. Chocolate and lactose-like sweetness counter the definite burnt malts. Bitterness is on the strong side, with plenty of floral and orange/citrus hoppiness. It had a long finish that emphasized bitterness and roasted malts, leaving the palate on the dry side. The texture was velvety smooth, low carbonation composed of fine bubbles, and a full body. This is great stuff... nice balance with plenty of flavour and a great finish.

DrJay, May 12, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to find anything bad about this beer. Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Did not leave much lacing but was well-retained. Chocolatey coffee aroma and the same goes for the taste. You can also really notice the roasted malts and a good amount of hoppage as well. Great silky, creamy mouthfeel. Really coats the inside of your mouth nicely. Very drinkable for a stout as well. At $5 for a 22 oz. bomber you won't see me drinking this every night, but definitely a great beer and a great representation of its style as well.

Jacobob10, May 08, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a jet black color with no light penetration, and a large tan colored head that leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass, another beauty from rogue. The aroma is a complex blend of coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and maybe dark currants...incredible smell. The taste begins with a sweet blackstrap molasses taste, followed by a dark currant fruity taste as well as dark, bittersweet chocolate. Then you get a nice roasted coffee flavor and the beer finishes with a dry, roasted, hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and lightly carbonated which contrasts with the bitter finish of the beer quite nicely. Overall an exceptional stout, not the most drinkable but complex and extremely tasty. One of my favorite american stouts.

silver0rlead, May 04, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with dark tan head. Smells of earthy malts and slight hops. Taste earthy malts with a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a nice touch of bitterness. Smooth creamy in the mouth. Very drinkable.

Notes:
Very enjoyable.
This is no Guinness, it has flavor.
Definitely one I must make Chili with

NiceGuyMike, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour with a thick head of brown bubbles. Smell is roasted oats, baker's chocolate, and a mild espresso scent. Some hop in the nose, but not overpowering.

Taste is an interesting case, it's not overly sweet but there is a definite dark chocolate flavor on top of a roasted malt note that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a nice hop presence offsetting some of the roastiness. The alcohol is just barely there, but you'll notice it. The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and watery for me. It's a delicious stout; one of the better ones I've had in a while.

whartontallboy, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured smooth and creamy, pronounced coffee/roasted aroma. Taste was like a rich espresso, with bits of bitter chocolate, finished with a nice hop flavour. This is a rich and creamy stout that will leave you wanting more. Well crafted, and worth every bit of hype it gets. Well done.

baiser, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black from a 22oz bomber and generates a generous helping of frothy brown head. Nice powerful aroma of chocolate and smooth malt. Some coffee and roasted notes as well as a little caramel. Flavor is large, but remarkably smooth. Hints of black malt nip at the tongue, while big coffee and chocolate flavors smooth things over. The big malts eventually allow room for a hint of citrus hops. Finish is a nice blend of the hops, roasted grain, and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, but nothing terrible. The hop presence makes for a very interesting take on the American stout.

BeerFink, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of foamer
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a bubbly tan head with good retention. Malty nutty nose with some roastedness. Absolutely perfectly balanced nutty flavour with the roasted the roasted malts with a nice hoppy finish. I'm reviewing this from notes and I can still imagine the taste in my mouth. Lovely stuff. To quote my good friend who was with me that night "I think I might have sex with this beer." Wow. This is damn tasty. Unfortunately, in Ontario it is also damn expensive.

foamer, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. brown bomber with no freshness date I could find.

Poured opaque black with large rocky dark tan colored froth. Foam clings and stays the whole beer. Hints of red shine through when held to light.

Caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of piney hop resin in the nose.

Dreamy smoothness is noticed right off the bat. Burnt toast, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel. Citric and coniferus hops come out in the finish, along with a slightly acrid mouthfeel.

This is the real deal. Bow down to the mo-fo king o' the stouts!

Shultzerdugen, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't ever been a huge Stout fan, so hopefully this will bring me out of my rut. Pours a deep black color with no visibility at all, even when held up to the light, and there is no head at all. Very thick in consistency too. The smell is sweet and nutty, more like a brown ale than I expected. Very similar smell to all the other dark Rogue Ales...

The taste is definitely distinct. No sweetness, mostly an assault of coffee and chocolate. In the middle of the sip you can taste the nut, and it ends with a dry bitter taste. Very overwhelming all over. I really have to judge this beer by style and not personal preference, but anyone who is looking for a kick-you-in-the-balls stout, this is definitely for you.

Toddv29424, Apr 03, 2005
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.